The latest Women of the Heart newsletter has been published! You can find it here. This addition offers reflections from our novices “on mission” (engaged in part-time ministry and living in community). It also includes a picture of our postulants at Mount Sacred Heart.
And, I’m a little late–but better late than never–in celebrating the kick-off to our Centennial Celebration in St. Louis.
Five Sisters (Mother Hildegarde Campodonico, Sr. Berchmans Oliva, Sr. Marie Citterio, Sr. Emilia Bove, Sr. Margaret Fazio) journeyed from Connecticut to this Midwestern city for the same reason the Apostles had already travelled from Italy at the turn of the century. They came first to Boston and then to New Haven in order to serve Italian immigrants who were struggling and to preserve their Catholic, moral and cultural life in the “New World.” Fr. Cesar Spigardi, pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians or “the Italian Church”—as it was deemed—reached out to the Apostles whom he had met in 1912 while in New Haven giving a mission. He saw in the Sisters the zeal and charity necessary to help him renew the faith of his flock. The Apostles arrived in St. Louis on January 24, 1913 and began teaching in the new parish school almost immediately. From downtown, the sisters’ mission expanded to the Hill in 1940 at Sacred Heart Villa and 1941 at St. Ambrose School. The Apostles went to Our Lady of Good Counsel in North County in 1953 and built Cor Jesu Academy in Affton in 1965. For the past 100 years, the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have served in more than 35 schools, parishes, and other ministries in St. Louis and Kansas City.